Go Back Indian Grass, Yellow Indiangrass, Indiangrass, Indian Steel

Sorghastrum nutans
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Plant Type: Grasses

Indiangrass, or Indian Grass is a clump-forming perennial grass with an upright, open habit typically growing 3-5′ tall but occasionally taller. Features slender blue-green leaf blades which turn yellow in fall and retain some gold color throughout the winter. Narrow, feathery panicles of tan-yellow flowers appear well above the foliage in late summer to early fall. Panicles turn bronze in fall and continue to provide interest into early winter.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Likes moist, fertile soil but is very drought tolerant once established. Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture soils in full sun. Species is a native prairie plant that prefers soils slightly on the dryish side, but is fairly tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions. Tends to flop in moist, rich soils, however. May self-seed. Cut back hard in early spring just before the new growth appears.

Flower Color


Foliage Color


Plant Spread


Good Companions

Other grasses, prairie plants, or full sun perennials.

Plant Height


Scape Height


Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Moist until established, then mostly dry.

Characteristics & Attributes


Drought tolerant, Showy flowers , Colorful leaves, Good fall color, ,

Bloom Time

July until frost,

Critter Resistance



Full sun or part shade

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests

Summer, Fall, Winter